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Applications are being accepted for an open seat on the State Board of Higher Education. Chairwoman Kirsten Diederich, who has served on the board since 2010, announced her resignation last week, citing the controversy surrounding her reappointment as the reason for her decision to leave. Applications for the position will be accepted until Jan. 30 and reviewed by a constitutionally-mandated committee consisting of Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle; Rep. Wes Belter, R-Fargo, Sen.
Several building projects on UND's campus are currently underway. The largest project, a new $124 million, 325,000-square-foot, four-story structure to house the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is still under construction. The building is slated to be completed in 2016. UND Law School spokesman Rob Carolin said the school's $11.4 million renovation and addition project is on time and on budget.
In April, angry landowners crowded into a meeting room on the sixth floor of the Grand Forks County Building. The taxes they were expected to pay on their farmland had increased much more than usual and they weren't going to take it lying down. Almost a year later, legislation has been filed in North Dakota in an attempt to make the system used to calculate the value of farmland in the state more fair. House Bill 1054 would restrict the use of "modifiers," or things landowners can claim limit the productivity of their cropland, in the calculation of land values.
I opened the dryer in the basement of the house I rented with four other girls in college and saw a strange blue creature sitting inside.
UND posted its highest first-day enrollment in school history this week, according to a news release. This is the fourth year in a row of increased first-day spring enrollment with a total of 13,816 students, which is 110 more than last year's statistic. The increase is a result of transfer students and strong retention rates, according to the news release. UND retained more than 93 percent of the new freshmen who enrolled in the fall, which is one percent higher than last year's figure. The semester's final enrollment tally will be taken during the fourth week of classes.
The State Board of Higher Education Budget and Finance Committee approved a varied fee structure for online and distance education courses and out-of-state students. The change is a variance from the original Pathways to Student Success plan the board approved in 2012 but has continued to alter after buying out the contract of its creator, former Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. The committee approved allowing individual campuses to charge students additional fees for taking online courses.
The UND Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force has handed its plan over to the university's marketing and public relations department for final copy editing. The Division of University and Public Affairs will have about one week to work on the document, and the task force will then approve it during the last week of January when it will subsequently be handed in to President Robert Kelley. "I think conceptually what I'm hearing is everybody is good with where we're at, so hopefully it's just a thumbs up, stamp it and go," task force member and UND alumnus Karl Goehring said at a
Alex Volberding may have only spent two years at UND so far, but as president of the school's aerobatic team, he's completely comfortable flying planes in loops, spins and spirals. "It's a whole 'nother world," he said. After competing three times in the last year, the International Aerobatic Club ranked UND's aerobatic team of students as the No. 1 group of fliers in comparison to other institutions, including the United States Air Force Academy and Purdue University. This is the seventh year in a row the UND team has been ranked No.
It's going to cost money whether UND picks a new nickname or not. The school estimates keeping "UND" as the school's nickname instead of picking a new one will cost...
It's all about phrasing. In a study, about a third of the men responding said if there weren't any consequences, they would rape a woman as long as the act wasn't defined as "rape." The research was spearheaded by Sarah Edwards of UND's Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services and several local and national media outlets have taken notice. Eighty-six male college students participated in the study, most of whom were Caucasian juniors and all of whom identified as heterosexual with prior sexual experience.